The Idaho Falls City Council met Sept. 28 to have the second out of a three-part discussion about whether Idaho Falls needs extended hours for the serving of alcohol.
A decision has yet to be made about whether to serve alcoholic beverages 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Sundays.
According to the ordinance amendment that is hoping to be passed, the current sales hours are 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Troy Moore, an Idaho Falls local, agreed that this amendment should pass. He said that the city of Idaho Falls could use the profits from the extra three hours per day of sales.
Richard Soleberg, also an Idaho Falls local, brought Moore’s point a little further by saying that 52 Sundays of out the year would be a good boost for Idaho Falls’ economy.
A petition was presented during this meeting, bearing the names of 244 Idaho Falls citizens who agreed that the amendment should be passed.
It was also acknowledged that an unknown amount of names had been submitted during the first discussion for this amendment.
Two members of the council were still skeptical about how this amendment was being handled and how it had been written despite all the positive feedback.
“We could have done better,” said Michael Lehto, a member of the city council before voting no on continuing the discussion of the amendment.
Thomas Hally, another council member, agreed that the ordinances on when and where to sell alcohol were hard to define and that the city council could have rephrased to make things less confusing. This criticism caused Hally to vote no along with Lehto.
The amendment of this ordinance will be discussed once more and settled during the next Idaho Falls City Council meeting Oct. 14.